Group from JMU heads to D.C. to advocate for childhood vaccinations

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Shot@Life is an organization that advocates for childhood immunizations worldwide. Each year, there is a summit in Washington, D.C., and this year, four students and a professor from James Madison University will attend.

The students and professor will represent Harrisonburg and speak with local lawmakers.

The summit is three days long. The first day is for training and on the second day, those attending get to speak with their local lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The organization is part of the United Nations Foundation and works with the World Health Organization. Dr. Tammy Kiser, an assistant professor of nursing at JMU who is attending the summit this year, said they only ask for a small amount of national funding, but it makes a big difference. They will ask lawmakers to continue with that amount of funding.

"I think it's really awesome to be able to go and get this opportunity, you know there are only 125 people that they take for this summit around the United States, so to be from Harrisonburg and to be there is very special," said Kiser.

Together, they will present lawmakers with data and talking points about vaccines. Dr. Kiser said this summit is impactful because everyone has the common goal of supporting childhood immunization.